\ˈlȯft \

Definition of loft 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic

2a : a gallery in a church or hall

b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft

c : hayloft

3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head

b : the act of lofting

4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft

2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket

3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air

2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ˈlȯft-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

attic, cockloft, garret

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

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Examples of loft in a Sentence


The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft.


He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All three units are four-bedroom lofts, originally priced at up to $7.3 million. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "In Sluggish NYC Market, Manhattan Lofts Go on Rare Auction," 3 Oct. 2018 Hidden away in the space’s loft, hundreds of seemingly millennial women had skipped out of work and put on their 90s best to watch the club’s most recent patron saint, Fran Drescher, give a talk. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Fran Drescher Was Always Ahead of Her Time," 30 Aug. 2018 Luckily, the separate entrance for adults through the loft in the bedroom allows taller family members to get in on the fun. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Narnia-Inspired Bedroom Will Give You Major Room Envy," 30 Oct. 2018 Many dorm-room beds can also be turned into bunk or loft beds, freeing up the space below for desks, seating or storage. Michelle Higgins, The Seattle Times, "How to dress up a dorm room," 25 Sep. 2018 Then, at 22, with my first actual cabal of gay friends, in my loft in Bushwick. David Levesley, GQ, "This Pride, Let’s All Talk About Gay Porn," 20 June 2018 Priest has a smart, gorgeous girlfriend, Georgia (Lex Scott Davis), and a special employee who helps him run the operation from his Architectural Digest-worthy loft, Andrea Londo’s Cynthia. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: A New Superfly Gets By on Surface Pleasures—and Great Hair," 13 June 2018 Martin shows Amy how a unique, contemporary faucet installation and refreshing color palette can easily transform her bathroom into a space that's appropriate for her bold, urban loft and her budget. Country Living, "Sponsored Video: SaturDIY - Modern Style Made Easy Video," 21 Sep. 2010 Nan’s Bowery loft had no windows or else they were covered and this made her parties long, hilarious, dangerous events. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Mark 3 rocket can loft up to four tons to geostationary transfer orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX gets top clearance, Europe job cuts, Russian plans," 16 Nov. 2018 But umpire Sean Barber called it fair and Castro was awarded second base when Franco lofted a souvenir into the stands. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0," 14 July 2018 The warehouse-chic aesthetic continues inside the bar, which has lofted ceilings, brick walls, and warm woods. Stefanie Waldek, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Toronto," 27 June 2018 Moore ran a simple fade route with Wilson lofting the ball to him about 25 yards downfield. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Play of the Week: Lions game was won on the strength of one-on-one battles like this one," 30 Oct. 2018 The mission may seem like a departure from the agency's primary occupation of lofting things into space, but NASA has a very good reason to be taking a closer look at the Earth's seafloor. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Launching a Submarine to the Seafloor," 13 Aug. 2018 The cozy bedroom is lofted and overlooks a living room with a bay window. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Adorable tiny house will be auctioned off for charity," 18 July 2018 Dozens of kites and helium balloons bearing Molotov cocktails and incendiary devices were lofted into Israel. Hana Salah,, "Four more Palestinians, including a teenager, killed in Gaza protests. 'You cowards!' protester shouts at Israeli forces," 9 June 2018 The officials, however, didn’t blow the play dead, and the Colonials responded by lofting the ball over the net and past the unaware Wayland defense for the match-clinching point. Matt Doherty,, "BC High ace Mike Vasil looks sharp in return to mound," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things

: a high section of seats in a church or hall

: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


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Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building

2 : a balcony in a church

3 : an upper part of a barn

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